USOC and U.S. Soccer chiefs to discuss Solo

Thu Sep 25, 2014 8:40pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Olympic Committee's chief executive hopes to meet with U.S. Soccer this week to discuss why national goalkeeper Hope Solo continues to play although she has been charged with domestic violence.

Solo, an Olympic double gold medalist, faces a November trial but has remained in the national squad, a decision that has pulled her sport into the domestic abuse storm that has engulfed the National Football League where players have been suspended until their cases are heard.

The USOC and U.S. Soccer Federation chief Sunil Gulati are facing growing pressure to explain why.

"If Sunil is here I am sure we will be talking about it because it is important to them and I know it is important to us," USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun told Reuters on Thursday after the opening session of the USOC General Assembly.

"We're concerned about the issue of abuse generally, not just domestic violence, all kinds of abuse.

"Unfortunately abuse exists in all areas of society today including but not limited to sport."

One of America's most recognizable women athletes, Solo pled not guilty in June to domestic violence charges stemming from an altercation with her sister and a nephew in Seattle and was ordered released from jail on her own recognizance.

The 32-year-old goalkeeper was arrested after police responded to an emergency call at her house.   Continued...

USA goalkeeper Hope Solo (1) watches a cross during a women's friendly between the USA and Switzerland at Wake Med Soccer Park. Aug 20, 2014; Cary, NC, USA;   Rob Kinnan-USA Today.